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By Dudley Pope

Nelson's crews are status down and Ramage is on depart while he gets mystery Admiralty orders to examine the small island of Trinidade off the coast of Brazil. achieving the island, Ramage and the team of the Calypso fetch up in a conflict to loose numerous captive service provider ships—and a stunning lady passenger—as they move swords with blood-thirsty priates.

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Cowardice, of course—” “Cowardice? ” Ramage exclaimed, rarely believing his ears. “When? ” “You have been waving a white flag—surrendering your command to the enemy, and not a shot fired! Articles Twelve and 13, ‘In time of motion retaining back,’ and—well, you recognize the wording good adequate. ” “Ah, indeed,” Ramage stated, made up our minds to come again to the Calypso ahead of this negative, loopy guy did anything absurd, like ordering his master-at-arms to arrest him. “Now, Ramage, enable me see your orders. ” “They are sealed orders, sir. i've got merely normal orders to take me south, after which I open sealed orders while south of ten levels North. ” “Give them to me: i will open them. All issues are open to these with religion. ” “They are locked up on board my send, sir. ” “Then cross and free up them, my boy,” Hamilton stated in a superbly general voice. “I needs to investigate cross-check them. One doesn’t be aware of what they may say. ” He spoke as if the Admiralty’s orders may perhaps include obscene words that Ramage used to be too younger to learn. Ramage nodded agreeably. “Yes, certainly sir, who is familiar with. you could keep in mind that whilst I first got here on board I stated the warfare with France was once over—” “Ah definite, so that you did,” Hamilton interrupted. “And for those who don’t discuss with it back, I shan’t point out it at your trial. however it is a transparent breach of 1 of the Articles of battle, quantity 3 to be special, ‘If any officer shall supply, carry or entertain intelligence with an Enemy …’” Ramage might have agreed, so as to not galvanize the fellow additional, however the Invincible nonetheless had a number of hundred miles to sail ahead of she reached Spithead, in which time she may perhaps meet and sink a dozen French, Dutch or Spanish ships. “Sir, i've got whatever to assert that I insist is heard by way of your First Lieutenant and at the very least another officer, both the second one Lieutenant or your grasp. ” “My expensive Ramage, via all potential. inform the sentry to go the notice for them. Now, could I once more give you refreshment? As I advised you, the Madeira is sweet, yet i've got spirits, a terrible brandy or a few of these Dutch East Indies beverages, all spices and fragrance: what shall or not it's? ” Now Hamilton’s voice used to be that of a very good host: a rational guy happy at assembly one other of the King’s ships after an extended interval at sea. Ramage tested the bottles as Hamilton displayed them, taking part in for time and attempting to not refuse something until eventually the 2 officials arrived. A knock at the door and a choice from the sentry confirmed either males were ready nearby. once they got here into the cabin, Hamilton nodded to Todd and brought the second one Lieutenant, smiling as if they have been all approximately to sit to a specially-prepared rijstafel. “Gentlemen, Mr Ramage couldn’t make up his brain what he desired to drink, and requested me to ship for you. ” Todd glanced at Ramage, realizing that his Captain couldn't see his face. It was once noticeable to Ramage that relatively except Todd, the opposite Lieutenant too was once nearly on the finish of his rope: that they had been serving many months lower than this mad Captain. He checked out them either and stated slowly and punctiliously: “I have made a press release to Captain Hamilton, and that i intend repeating it prior to the 2 of you.

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